Waddle like a Penguin (Grades K - 3)
Penguins don’t fly, but they still share features with all birds:
Wings, a Beak, and Feathers, Oh My!
In this live, interactive, web-based program, learn how the unique adaptations of African Penguins help them to survive in their ocean habitat. Waddle and swim like a penguin while observing our live penguin colony. Then, Academy staff will answer student questions about these amazing birds!
This program integrates the Next Generation Science Standards by focusing on:
- Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns; Structure and Function
Date: Mondays & Tuesdays, September - May
Duration: 20-40 minutes
Target Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more
Price: $70 per session; discounts available for Title I schools and bulk purchases of 5+ programs
Group Size: 8-65 students per session
Multilingual support: English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin
- Use the preparation checklist to make sure you don't miss a step in the process.
- The technical guide will help you become more familiar with our online platform.
- Nervous about the technology, you can schedule a FREE technical check-in with Academy staff to walk you through how to connect the day of the program.
In this live, interactive program, students will meet and learn about just one of the many animals that live here at the California Academy of Sciences: the South African Penguin.
The program will begin by comparing penguins to other birds to discover what features they all have in common. We will then get a live peek into our African Penguin colony as we make observations about the birds and the habitat in which they live.
Students will then discover why the ocean is so important to a penguin's survival and–using exciting videos and specimens–the adaptations penguins have for their ocean habitat.
Finally, the class will have a chance to ask questions of Academy staff all about these amazing birds!
Science and Engineering Practices:
- Asking Questions and Defining Problems
- Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Disciplinary Core Ideas
- K-ESS3.A: Natural Resources: Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need.
1-LS1.A: Structure and Function: All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.
LS1.B – Growth and Development: Reproduction is essential to the continued existence of every kind of organism. Plants and animals have unique and diverse life cycles.
- LS2.D - Social Interactions and Group Behavior: Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes. Groups may serve different functions and vary dramatically in size
- LS4.C – Adaptation: For any particular environment, some kinds of organisms survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
- Structure and Function
Related Performance Expectation:
This Virtual Program is just one step toward reaching the Performance Expectation listed below. Addition supporting materials/lessons/activities will be required.
K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.